Broken Arrow Casino

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WETUMKA, Okla. (AP) — A small Oklahoma Indian tribe is asking a government agency to reverse a ruling banning it from building a casino in a Tulsa suburb.

The 350-member Kialegee Tribal Town says it now has legal jurisdiction over the 20-acre parcel in Broken Arrow because the two owners of the property were recently enrolled as members of the tribe.

Last week, the National Indian Gaming Commission ruled the casino couldn't be built on the land because the owners were members of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Indian tribe that hoped to open a casino in Broken Arrow is asking a federal judge to allow them to build a sports bar and music venue instead.

The Kialegee Tribal Town filed a motion Wednesday, asking U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell to modify an injunction issued May 18 that prohibits the tribe from building on the site.

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A federal judge hears arguments in the case of a controversial casino being constructed in Broken Arrow.

Neighbors don’t want the Red Clay Casino being built by the Kialegee Tribal Town. The attorney general has entered the case, seeking an injunction to halt construction. In arguments before Judge Greg Frizzel, state’s attorneys say the casino violates tribal compacts and doesn’t have the necessary permission from the Creek Nation.

Lawyers for the Kialegees claim they don’t need permission, and that the law prohibits local governments from vetoing tribal decisions.